A little over a month ago, the number of Ebola cases reported in Western Africa sat at 759 (see WHO Ebola Update – July 1st). Today the World Health Organization is reporting more than a doubling of cases during the month of July, with now more than 1600 cases and 887 deaths reported.
Of note, the number of cases in Nigeria appears to be increasing.
Disease outbreak news
4 August 2014
Epidemiology and surveillance
Between 31 July and 1 August 2014, a total of 163 new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD; laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 61 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Three of these cases are in Nigeria and include two new probable cases — one is a health-care worker and one is a Nigerian who travelled to Guinea — and a suspected case in a nurse.
National authorities in Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo continue to work closely with WHO and its partners in identification of contacts and contact tracing as well as in preparing response plans as a result of the recent visit by and death of a Liberian national to Nigeria from EVD and the new Nigerian EVD probable case, who travelled to Guinea.